(Marquette, MI) - A new environmental group, WAVE (Wave Action Vital Earth) is the action arm of Save The Wild U.P.
The battle continues in 2011 to stop the Rio Tinto/Kennecott Minerals Sulfide "Acid" Mine on the Yellow Dog Plains in a remote area in north Marquette County near Lake Superior and the tiny hamlet of Big Bay, MI.
The WAVE Players have decided to use humor -- because the real facts (keep reading) are enough to make honest people cry.
Documents have revealed a possible criminal conspiracy between the state of Michigan, Kennecott Minerals and Rio Tinto.
Not something unusual for the international mining giant Rio Tinto, whose minions are charged with a wide range of crimes across the globe including bribery, violating environment laws and human rights violations.
"Rio Tinto was complicit in war crimes and crimes against humanity," stated the residents of the island of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea in a lawsuit filed against Rio Tinto.
In China, Rio Tinto bosses were arrested for bribery -- a practice the company has used in many projects in order to get politicians, police, prosecutors and judges on their side.
So why then -- did the state of Michigan decide to get into a toxic bed of sulfuric acid with Rio Tinto - including blatantly violating treaties with the Ojibwa/Anishinaabe -- with plans to destroy sacred Eagle Rock (an ions old Native American outdoor church).
In addition to crimes, all mines opened by Kennecott Minerals have serious environmental problems.
MI Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm (Dem.) and Attorney General Mike Cox (State's top cop) refused to answer questions about a financial connection with the mine owners.
WAVE and other U.P. residents have asked the MI Attorney General Bill Schuette (Republican) to investigate a series of suspicious actions involving Rio Tinto and state officials.
Those suspected of wrongdoing included employees of the MI Dept. of Environmental Quality, Gov. Granholm and her staff.
Previous Attorney General Mike Cox (Republican) -- refused to investigate the allegations and refused to answer questions about his (or family) financial connections with the mining company.
Will MI Attorney General Bill Schuette open a probe?
Is it strange that MI Governor Granholm and the 7 candidates for her job (included Mike Cox, future Gov. Rick Snyder) all refused to reveal any financial connections of any kind with Rio Tinto, Kennecott Minerals and its subsidiaries, agents, lobbyists etc.
All eight could have stated they have no financial connections - instead they refused comment.
Director, Videographer, Editor: Greg Peterson, Cedar Tree Institute
Writers: Lillian Heldreth, Martha Bush
Producers: WAVE, Lillian Heldreth, Martha Bush
MI Gov. Rick Snyder (R): Rich Sloat
(Rich is also channeling Ex-MI Gov. Jennifer Granholm, because her actions also fit the same part)
MDEQ minion: Kristi Mills
Kennecott crook loaded with cash: Lillian Heldreth
WAVE official: Martha Bush
Cop: Margaret Comfort
Lawyer: Gene Champagne
Doctor: Laura Nagel
Guy off the Street: Phil Milkie
Gal off the street : Rachel Giuliani
Dog: Nutmeg, the Magnificent
MI Attorney General Bill Schuette:
(517) 373-1110 (Lansing Office)
(517) 373-3042 (Fax)
Rio Tinto accused of crimes against humanity by citizens of New Guinea:
State expert Dr. David Sainsbury cited safety concerns about the Kennecott Minerals sulfide mine.
The state lost his report until exposed by environment groups
National Wild Life Federation (NWF) on safety concerns, state cover-up:
Save the Wild U.P.
Kristi A. Mills, Director
Adrian Bakker, Executive Secretary
Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve
Big Bay, MI
Emily Whittaker, executive director
Cynthia Pryor, Sulfide Mining Campaign Director
Wendy Johnson, Preserve Coordinator
Chauncey "River Walker" Moran, Yellow Dog RiverrKeeper
Concerned Citizens of Big Bay
Big Bay, MI
Gene Champagne, founder
F. Michelle Halley, NWF attorney
Cedar Tree Institute
Rev. Jon Magnuson
Nonprofit Cedar Tree Institute, volunteer media advisor